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SYLVESTER  STADLER  (4152-1995)
Brigadeführer and Generalmajor
Waffen SS


 

In May 1943, STADLER was made commander of the Panzer-Grenadier regiment Der Führer (part of the elite 2nd SS Division Das Reich).  On 10 June 1944 part of Der Führer regiment, led by SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Diekmann, undertook a massacre in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France in which 642 villagers were killed.  Although STADLER ordered a court martial for Diekmann, the SS officer responsible, his reputation was tarnished.  Diekmann himself was killed in combat before he could face trial.  Command of Der Führer passed to SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Weidinger on 14 June, who had been with the regiment for familiarization purposes as Stadler prepared to become commander of the 9th SS-Pancer Division Hohenstaufen.

On 10 July 1944, STADLER was made commander of the elite 9th SS-Panzer Division Hohenstuafen and along with Kurt Meyer ("Panzer Meyer") STADLER was among the youngest divisional commanders in the German armed forces. The Hohenstaufen fought in Poland, France and at the Eastern Front, in Normandy (at the defense of the infamous Hill 112 and at the Falaise Pocket, at Arnhem (Operation "Market Garden"), in the Ardennes Offensive and in Hungary.  He surrendered his division to the United States Army in Austria in May 1945.

His highest award was the Knights Cross with Oak Leaf and Swords.

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